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AWA’s annual global conference maps the market.


The 2012 Global Release Conference, organized annually by AWA Conferences & Events and complemented by a concurrent exhibition, will be held this year in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 22-23 February. The event will as usual provide an expert evaluation of the current market environment, growth prospects, infrastructure developments, and technology trends across the many segments in which release liner plays a part.

Following the downturn experienced in the release liner industry during the economic crisis, market growth in 2011 averaged 6-8%, but every region, and every application segment, was different – as the conference program demonstrates. Following – in the opening session -- a review of financial and business issues and of the overall state of the industry, the agenda moves on to cover developments in packaging and labelling law; end-use markets; silicone and release coating technologies, issues, and challenges (including high raw material costs); and, finally, innovation and disruptive technologies such as linerless labels and direct-to-product print.

Extensive networking opportunities

The event features extensive networking opportunities, both at the exhibition and in conference breaks and during the evening cocktail receptions. Sponsored by market-leading companies throughout the release liner supply chain, the Global Release Liner Conference 2012 takes place at the Novotel City Hotel, Amsterdam, 22-23 February. The full conference agenda is available on the AWA Alexander Watson Associates website,, where it is also possible to register online.